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Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton’s Shed is the talk of Healdsburg. It’s a two-story foodie mecca, brightly lit and abuzz with local makers. Stop in for coffee, pastry and a homemade shrub from the fermentation bar. While you’re there, browse the impeccable collection of kitchen and garden wares.
25 North St.; healdsburgshed.com
After a leisurely stroll around the square, you’ll be ready to taste some wine. Start off at Cartograph, known for its cool-climate Pinot Noirs, many of which are on tap in the tasting room. Here, you’ll see beakers and test tubes that illustrate the science behind the process. If you like to geek out, sign up for the 90-minute “Pinot A to Z” class ($50), where you’ll get to taste juice samples from every step of the wine-making process. Photo by Garagiste
340 Center St.; cartographwines.com
Banshee?s tasting room is very Restoration Hardware meets HD Buttercup--reclaimed-wood floors, distressed leather furniture and a vintage communal table (almost all of the wares are available for purchase). The Pinot Noirs here make for easy drinking, but ask to try the Mordecai proprietary red blend, which has nice cherry fruit notes and a kick of spice.
325 Center St.; bansheewines.com
The newest kid on the block, Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar churns daily-changing homemade ice creams. Go for the unusual--a scoop of the juniper and honey tastes like a gin and tonic (in a good way), and the Japanese purple yam (pictured) is like a fruitier version of red-bean ice cream. Photo by Wildly Simple Productions
116 Matheson St.; facebook.com/thenoblefolk
The delightfully quirky Stasea Dohoney knows her way around junkyards and estate sales. Seahoney, her expertly curated shop of antique wares and curiosities, will hook any design junkie. Don’t leave without striking up a conversation with Dohoney--it’s the stories behind all of her finds that are most compelling. Photo by Dover & Madden
137 Matheson St.; facebook.com/seahoney
You might find yourself a little tipsy after wine tasting, so you’ll want to spend the night just to be safe. Check in to the posh Hotel Healdsburg and go for a refreshing dip in the pool. Lounge under an umbrella on the patio, and jump into the hot tub before heading back to your room to get ready for dinner.
25 Matheson St.; hotelhealdsburg.com
Located in the old Cyrus space, Chalkboard is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Chef Shane McAnelly’s daily-changing menu sources ingredients from local purveyors and farms. Highlights include the Snake River Farms beef tartare and ricotta gnudi with black truffle butter. Save room for dessert--the Candy Bar (brownie, caramel, roasted milk-chocolate cremeaux, nougat ice cream and peanut crunch) is to die for.
29 North St.; chalkboardhealdsburg.com
Feel like there?s so much more to cover? Sign up for one of Savor Healdsburg?s food tours and you?ll get to indulge in small bites and sips from other spots in town. Dip into gourmet sausages at The Wurst (the Southside Polish dog with sauerkraut, beer mustard and onion rings is off the chain), devour the sweet buttercream cupcakes at Moustache Baked Goods and quaff a hoppy IPA from local brewery Bear Republic. At this point, it?s time to call it quits and head home. Photo by Tracy Guida
Meeting location provided upon ticket purchase; savorhealdsburgfoodtours.com
It’s the height of summer and you’re jonesing for a trip to wine country. But we all know that the stretch of Highway 37 through Napa is a bumper-to-bumper nightmare. Stay on 101 instead and head north to Healdsburg for a weekend of wine, food and antiquing.
Worried about tasting and driving? Here, you can do it all on foot without straying from the town’s main square. Check out our proposed itinerary.
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